The New Normal..? Smoke Covers The City Of Sydney As The Air Quality Plummets To 'Hazardous' Levels
A thick smoke has covered parts of Sydney and the Central Coast today as nearly 100 bushfires burn across NSW. The air quality is now 12 times the hazardous level in some parts – the worst it's been during this bushfire season. That’s the equivalent of a hell of a lot of cigarettes. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is all but invisible, ferries around Sydney Harbour are struggling to make out other boats through the haze and Sydney’s beaches are turning black from the ash – it all feels eerily apocalyptic.
We've all been told to stay indoors and away from the smoke. Even so, though, ash is landing on people’s desks (inside their buildings?!) and smoke alarms are going off in train stations and office buildings.
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— WWF_Australia (@WWF_Australia) December 10, 2019
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are right there... usually. Not sure if I’m more astounded by those people still running around Cremorne Point or those lighting up a cigarette 🤯 #Sydneysmoke #Sydneyair #bushfiresNSW pic.twitter.com/thntgy8Bip
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Across the country, firefighters are still going above and beyond to battle blazes, but officials are concerned that with such a long summer ahead, there’s no way they'll be able to keep up with the demand.
Here’s how you can help support those affected by australia’s bushfire emergency right now
Donating to the NSW Rural Fire Service helps to sustain the efforts of the NSW firefighters, who rely on volunteers and contributions from the public. You can donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service here.
Donating to The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal not only helps those affected by the bushfires right now through supplying meals, water and clothing, but also in the months and years to come. The Salvos’ funds are dedicated to helping those affected communities get back on their feet, however long it takes – you can donate to the appeal here.
Australia’s wildlife is massively affected by the bushfires. The Koala Hospital Fundraiser helps to provide koalas and other wildlife with automatic water drinking stations in affected areas, and cares for koalas that are suffering from burns and smoke inhalation – donate to the hospital here.
For more on how you can help those affected by the Aussie fires, please head here.
for up-to-date information on the bushfires and the affected areas, please head to nsw, qld, and vic's rural fire service website. you can also check the abc’s live blog, which is updating coverage as it happens. keep safe.
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